'The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!: Ben Higgins says 'anger and hurt' spoiled romance with Lauren Bushnell

Ben and Lauren were engaged for a year and a half before going their separate ways


                            'The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!: Ben Higgins says 'anger and hurt' spoiled romance with Lauren Bushnell
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell (Getty Images)

Ben Higgins ended up proposing marriage to Lauren Bushnell at the end of his season on 'The Bachelor'. Even though he said 'I love you' to Jojo Fletcher as well, days before the final proposal, it was Bushnell that he ended up choosing. The two were together for a year and a half after which they went their separate ways. 

Higgins went into the details of his relationship with Bushnell on 'The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!' on Monday night, in a conversation with host Chris Harrison. He said that the relationship started as "exciting and exhilarating but then things started to fade and (turned) complicated".

"Then there is anger, hurt, pain, and resentment," added Higgins. He also said that it took a lot for him to understand what was missing in his relationship with Bushnell. He is now engaged to Jessica Clarke and he said he was highly appreciative of her and referred to her as his best friend. Later on, Clarke joined Harrison for a chat alongside Higgins. 

Telling Harrison about how they met, Clarke said that Higgins slid into her DMs on social media. She was at a hockey game with her father and that was the photo Higgins saw, took a screenshot of and waited another six months before he finally sent her the message. She also said that it was her mother who apprised her of the fact that Higgins was on 'The Bachelor'. She further said that things moved pretty fast between them. "We face-timed for two weeks, got to know each other. As soon as we saw each other, he asked me to be his girlfriend," she said. 

Jessica Clarke and Ben Higgins (ABC)

Speaking about their engagement, Higgins said he wanted to propose to Clarke in New York City but Covid-19 played a dampener. He revealed that he's been spending time in quarantine with Clarke and her family in Franklin, Tennessee. Not wanting to delay the proposal any longer, he revealed that he set up a couple of sunflowers in their backyard with the help of his family and proposed to her, earlier this year in March. 

As far as their wedding plans go, Clarke revealed they are waiting for 2021. "We've got a year and a half of wedding planning," she said. 

'The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever!' airs Monday nights at 8 pm ET on ABC. 

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